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Story 21 A coffee a day is $1350/year towards travel

It's true just one bought coffee a day would pay for one good travel experience a year.

If you love your coffee then maybe something else lol. This of course a generalization and could be anything from a bar of chocolate to a brekkie down the cafe.

Most of us without even realising have certain indulgences that we don't even think about. If we're reasonably comfortable and are not looking day to day where your next buck is coming from we tend to squander quite a lot without even realising it.

Again prioritise what is more important to us and set a goal to work towards. Also if you're busy researching and planning for your pending trip, you won't have time for the odd this or that and have your finger on the pulse.

Story 22 Three lefts make a right

A dear distant family member once quoted the most bizarre but interesting quirk of reality.

In the UK having accepted a lift by a nervous driver, (who won't be named) we came to a main intersection where we was meant to be turning right. We sat there for a while as the traffic diminished and they promptly set off and turned left, where upon I offered my back seat driving opinion of "Where the dickens are you going?"

Their response was, I hate turning right so I am going three lefts!

A very logical and lucid answer me thinks but leads to a very long journey and many litres of fuel later we got to our destination.

I had to laugh but there are many shall we say less than confident motorists out there that actually plan their routes according to their driving abilities. I know many people who drive a certain route to avoid hill starts or busy intersections.

Moral of the story here is, when you come across a chauffeur that is shall we say a little challenged, offer your initial advice and then keep quiet lol. If they happen to be a taxi, find a red traffic light and get out and run (Jokes).

Arriving at your destination. We mention this here as planning is all about success.

Story 23 Kayaking on the Tweed

Having carried out research on a section of the Tweed River NSW, my mate Phil and I decided to take a 16km kayak downstream between two points. Working out at a pace of 6km per hour we estimated our trip to be 3 hours maximum and carried plenty of water and energy bars to easily sustain us for the small trip ahead.

Some of the research was done by satellite pictures, showing the passage as wide and full of flowing water and as we drove the route by car, this showed true and there we were at the start.

We set off down the winding stretch of water and was in full paddle mode when at the next turn we had run aground and decided to carry our kayaks downstream a few hundred yards to the next section.

Again we set off with an urgency but again after a kilometre or so we had run aground yet again. Past or so we thought the point of no return uphill, we carried on down and down with little change to the river.

It took us nearly 8 hours to get to our destination and severely dehydrated we ran into the village store and downed several large bottles of water.

Our satellite research was out dated and as we had driven up the route prior we had only seen the larger areas of water and thought the rest was the same.

The moral of this story is, double check everything and always take more fluids than you actually need.

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